How to Survive Morning Sicknesses

Morning sickness

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When I took a test to see if I was pregnant I had my suspicions. We had to use fertility treatments so there is always that doubt.  But there were a few clues that I was getting the answer we were waiting on.

My suspicion started one night while I was watching How to Train a Dragon 2 (by myself I might add). One of the small dragons threw up, which lead me to throw up.  Anyone who knows me knows that I would rather feel crumby all day then to throw up and I threw up over a cartoon throwing up.  So we tested the next day and we were pregnant with #2!  We were so excited especially me because my first pregnancy was AMAZING!  I had some food aversion but no sickness, not really any pains and basically a simple pregnancy and delivery.

Lesson 1 as a second time mom, no two pregnancies are the same apparently.  I have been sick almost everyday for 11 weeks.  I have gone through some terrible days and on top of being sick I still have my son who needs me each day at home.

So how have I survived up to this point?  Lots of trial and error!!!  Here is the list of foods, drinks and tricks that have helped me get to week 11 somewhat in tact.

So mama if you are feeling crumby try these simply tricks.

Being prepared

Whether you have some nausea or you are sick everyday like me you need to be prepared for feeling your worst! Especially, if you have a little one(s) at home counting on you.

Items that I keep near are plastic grocery bags, mints, napkins and a small snack.  At home I have a little area in almost all the rooms just in case I feel sick.  I keep mints under my bathroom sink, in the kitchen and in my bedside table.

When I am on the go I keep mints, plastic bags and a snack in my car and in my diaper bag.  This way I am never in a place where I’m unprepared.  Morning sickness doesn’t care if you on the highway or in the middle of the grocery store it’s better to be prepared then not.

Finding foods to eat

There have been days where I can’t keep anything down at all!  And for the first 9 weeks I couldn’t stand the taste of water (which I am normally drink all day).  So, it took so trial and error to find foods and drinks that helped me get the nutrients and energy I needed.

These are some foods that helped me through the days where everything looked gross or made me want to run to the bathroom.

  • Popsicles:  I found this awesome brand called Outshine they have real fruit and no sugar added.  I would eat these to get some calories and to stay hydrated.  While trying to find food to eat I read that popsicles are better than saltines because they have more nutrients.  I assume there is some truth to that but either way I felt better eating frozen fruit that bland crackers.
  • Chickenbroth: On bad days it’s important to keep your sodium replenished. Broth was easy to get down, it had flavor and I was getting some liquid in my system as well.  You can buy broth already made. I opted to use bullion cubes this way I could control the taste and amount of sodium I was getting.
  • Bananas: Some days I couldn’t eat these but on days I could I tried to eat at least one.  They are packed full of nutrients and are bland enough to look appetizing.
  • Triscuits:  These crackers come in so many flavors but they are also 100% whole grain wheat made with simple ingredients.  When I needed a snack with a crunch and some saltiness there were my go to.

Also, because water was a no go for a while I had to look for other ways to stay hydrated. I found a few options that helped until I could keep water down (which thank God I can now)

  • SpindriftsparklingwaterThese waters are made with real fruits.  They have a few different flavors and the fact that they are carbonated helped settle my stomach on those really  rough days.  My favorite flavor was blackberry. Yum!

  • Ginger ale: This is one you have probably heard before but if you are a fan of ginger ale it really does help with the nausea.  This is by far my favorite one. I did get to the point where I didn’t want ginger ale so I searched for other ginger flavored drinks.  Which lead me to find some awesome ginger teas.
  • Ginger Teas:  I am lucky enough to have an awesome coffee shop in my town that is a small business with the best teas. So here I found a ginger peach tea that has been a life saver on days where I need a little caffeine and something to settle my morning sickness.  If you are every in Cincinnati definitely check out Coffee Emporium!  But if you are too far to come to Cincinnati you can always check out your own local tea shop or grocery store there are so many ginger options that are awesome.

Get moving!!!

This may seem like a contradiction but I mean it, move as  much as you can.  Of course there are days where I am too weak to get up and workout or do anything.  But on the days where you have even a little energy get up and move your body.

I have been doing these awesome 20 minute workouts from Michelle Marie Fit Pregnancy Program.  

The days where I can move even a little I tend to feel a better afterwards.  When you are laying on the couch because you don’t feel well it can take a toll on your body, which is already going through so much.  It’s better to move those muscles when you have the energy trust me.

I aim to get my workout in four times a week and with Fit Mom To Be’s AWESOME workouts I can break a sweat in as little as 15 mins.  If you want to check out these workouts she has a great 14 Day Free Trial workout program you can try!!

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Heading into the second Trimester

As week 12 is quickly approaching I can only hope and pray that the nausea will ease up soon.  If you are going through morning sickness and nausea too, I feel for you and I hope these tips help give you some relief.

What has worked for you when it comes to having morning sickness?  I would love to hear about it in the comments.

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Lots of Love,

Lena

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What I Wish I Would’ve Registered For and What I Regret…

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When you are expecting a tiny human you need stuff.  Now I am a big believer in living with just stuff I need but even with the bare minimum registering for your shower can be over whelming to say the least.  The amount of stuff you can register for is INSANE!  If I could do it all over again I would change a few things on my registry.  Let’s start with items I wish I would’ve register for and didn’t.

Wishes

Whether they were wants or needs these are the things I wish would’ve ended up on my registry because we ended up running out to get them while we were still in the crazy newborn stage.

#1 K’Tan Baby Carrier

I can’t say enough but how much I love this baby carrier.  I wish I would have had this the moment I came home from the hospital.  This carrier required NO tying you just cross it over your body and pull your arms through each hole.  It’s so easy!  It took me 2 tries to be able to do it on my own.  It’s made of super soft material and you can just fold it up and stick it in your diaper bag. If you are looking to register for a baby carrier I suggest this one.

#2 Humidifier

Before I was a mom I would’ve never thought about a humidifier or that I baby would need one.. which is probably why it didn’t make it on to my registry.  But if you are a newbie parent, a little secret you are going to need one of these.  I live in an older home and and we needed one of these once it got cold.  Our little one would wake up sounding like Darth Vader every morning.  Which lead to the decision to buy a humidifier.  Make sure you have one on your registry.  We like this cute one we have.  It’s simple to use and made a world of difference in our sons breathing.

#3 Sleeper Sacks

Another item that I had NEVER heard of until I was in the hospital the first night with our son.  They informed me he had to wear a ‘sleep sack.’ Little did I know was a new mama that babies and blankets are a BIG no-no (what I’ll admit it, I didn’t know).  So when we left the hospital we invested in some sleeper sacks that had wings so we could safely swaddle him.  But once he was done with swaddling we had to invest in more sleeper sacks so moral of the story this is another item I wish I would’ve asked for.

#4 Mesh crib bumper

When I made my registry I didn’t think very far beyond the newborn stage (again I’ll admit all my flaws to y’all).  I pictured a tiny newborn when I thought of things I needed.  But once these little ones can roll over and/or crawl they can get their limbs stuck all up in those crib slates.  So we had to go out and buy one of these mesh crib bumpers.  They are really cheap and I don’t worry about him falling asleep next to it because it is breathable.  I wish we would’ve had this from the beginning so he wouldn’t have got his limbs stuck.

#5 Baby Bullet Blender!

If you have read any of my post before this one then you know how much I love this set.  When I was registering I thought “How silly is that set, it’s just a blender.”  Just. a. blender.  yeah right!  This thing has been amazing!  It comes with everything you need to make your own baby food.  My favorite part is the freezing trays are in the same shape of the food containers so I just pop a frozen food in a jar and go.  Hindsight, this would’ve at the top of the registry list!

Now that you know some things I wish I would’ve had, I am going to share things I THOUGHT I needed or things I thought I needed a lot of and didn’t.

Regrets

Not all of these things are useless or weren’t helpful but some were.

#1 A Moby Wrap

Now, I am not saying this is a bad baby carrier it just wasn’t the one for me.  Out of all the items on my registry I was most excited about this one.  But it was really complicated to learn how to wear it.  I wanted to baby wear so things would be easier but I could never get the hang of this thing.  I know people who loves these but if I would’ve known about the K’Tan I would’ve picked that one to begin with.

#2 Baby Bath

I know a lot of people who really love these but my baby cried basically all the time so when he needed a bath he got a shower with one of us or a bath with us.  We never used our baby bath.  When he was really little it was too hard to keep him sitting up and by the time he could hold his head up he wanted to splash so we would put him in the sink.  I only put this on our registry because I thought I had to.  Where else would I bathe my child?  I learned, almost everywhere except in the baby bath.

#3 Towels

Don’t get me wrong baby towels are awesome and so soft but babies don’t bathe that often.  I ended up with at least 15 baby towels.  My son only uses one at a time and towels take up a lot of space.  If you are like me and are short on space register for only what you will actual use. I think 3 towels and a couple of wash cloths would’ve have sufficed.  This also would’ve save me a whole lot of space in his closet.

#4 Burp Cloths 

I don’t even know how I ended up with so many. I probably have a least 40!  My son had acid reflux and we still never used that many.  I think almost everyone got us some and we went home from the hospital with MORE.

40 of anything is just too much, again I would have so much room for more useful things if I had not gotten so many burp cloths.

#5 Baby Mittens

Although SUPER cute and in theory a really awesome idea, just nope.  I registered for 3 packs of these things and like socks they just get lost some how.  Also, almost all the newborn clothes I got had the sleeves that rolled down over his hands.  I’m not saying these were pointless but they were definitely something I did not use often enough to have 3 packs of.  So maybe this one wasn’t a regret but if I had the chance again I would nix them.

What were some items you just HAD to have and some that were not so useful after all??  I would love to see what you have to say. Comment below some of yours 🙂

Lots of Love,

Lena

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